For most franchises, any player who makes two consecutive All-Defensive teams would be near if not completely untradeable. However, the Philadelphia 76ers don’t have the luxury regarding Matisse Thybulle.
Thybulle made his second straight All-Defensive second team this season. It’s a great accomplishment for the 25-year-old wing and it helps the Sixers boost his trade value if the team elects to go that route.
Thybulle’s All-Defensive selection helps the Sixers in potential trade talks.
There are three reasons why Thybulle’s even being talked about in trade talks. The first being he’s shown minimal if any growth on the offensive end in his first three seasons. The Sixers can’t have someone who’s so bad offensively in the same lineup as Joel Embiid. The second is because it’s been rumored that the Chicago Bulls supposedly have an interest in Thybulle. Let’s not forget he has his rookie extension coming up as well.
Regardless of the reasons why he might be in potential trade talks, it appears that there’s at least smoke around his name. If talks do intensify around his name moving forward, having him selected to an All-Defensive team will help the 76ers get maximum value for the wing.
Despite the less-than-stellar playoff performance, Thybulle was still an elite defender in the regular season. He was fourth in steals per game at 1.7 and 19th in blocks per game at 1.1 per game. Only Robert Covington was the only other non-big man who was in the top-20 in blocks per game.
The Philadelphia 76ers can use Thybulle’s All-Defensive stats as a bargaining chip in any potential future trade talks to help boost his value.